Bowen saw his 70 year old Grandad under threat by thugs


Jarrod Bowen has said the events at the AFAS Stadion were a disgrace

West Ham United winger Jarrod Bowen has said the events at the AFAS Stadion in the Hammers’ Europa Conference League semi-final second-leg win over AZ Alkmaar were a disgrace.

Bowen saw his 70 year old grandfather in a position where he could have been attacked with weapons including bicycle chains was something he could not ignore.

Minutes after Pablo Fornals’ late goal secured a 1-0 win on the night and a place in Wednesday’s final in Prague against Fiorentina, a group of Alkmaar supporters broke down a fence to attack a hospitality area of the ground where many of the families and friends of the Hammers’ players were situated.

Among those was Bowen’s 70-year-old granddad and the sight of what was happening was one to which  Bowen, and other members of the Hammers squad simply had to respond.

Speaking out on what had happened, Bowen said that while he and his teammates have to be professional and act as role models, seeing family members being attacked with weapons that included bike chains made the situation simply too difficult to ignore.

“My grandad is 70 years old and he was in the middle of the Alkmaar fans,” Bowen told The Daily Telegraph. “It was a disgrace. Us lads were angry. We are role models and we have to keep a calm head, but when it is your family there getting attacked, people have to see it in a different light. That is your family, your blood.

“When you see people with bike chains and hitting them with it, it was not nice. I was looking for my family and then you hope security does the best they can. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that in football, that number of fans going over there and wanting to cause violence.

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  • Dutch Courage says:

    The first of these thugs was sentenced in court this morning:
    – 30 days prison (of which 22 are suspended)
    – 150 hours community service
    Today and tomorrow a total of cases will be heard.

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